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Peter Schweizer Education. (2009) Author Peter Schweizer ('Architects of Ruin').

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  CSPAN    Book TV After Words    Peter Schweizer  Education.  (2009)  
   Author Peter Schweizer ('Architects of Ruin').  

    November 27, 2009
    2:00 - 2:59am EST  

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in your column and in your blog. do you feel that there is an inequity of understanding of knowledge that is out there and how does that play out, which requires ph.d.'s and people who are well versed in statistics and analytics to make sense of the markets on the one hand and then you have on the other hand the everyday person who barely understands a mortgage agreement, and for home as you said you are helping them make sense of the economic theory in your article? how did this come together and is that destin to leaks in tension?
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to create a health care system that increases taxes on small businesses, and piles insurmountable debt on our children. republicans have offered a more responsible, incremental approach to improve our health care system in a way that controls costs and provides the quality care that americans deserve. despite months of town hall meetings at which millions of americans voice their opposition to government takeover of health care, the majority still doesn't get it. the american people deserve more, they want more. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: think gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from connecticut rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, as we enter our country's progress to creating a better, and more just economy for ourselves and our children, i want to offer a quote from a business in my district with 60 employees that underlines why we need to move forward. this is one of the good guys he employees 60 people with good wages and benefits and for 2010 he's been told his health insurance premiums are beginning up 32%. we have heard for months now about how we're moving too fast and how we've got to take our time, but the fact of the matter is it is time to act so that we can have an economy that can address creating new jobs without taking on enormous new benefit costs, which is the reality today, particularly for small businesses in the self--- and the self-employed.
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if you care about growing this subcommittee and giving the risk takers of america the opportunity to go out and pursue their dream, we have got to create a stable marketplace which h.r. 3692 will do with a national health insurance purchasing exchange. i thank ewe, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the pelosi health care plan raises premiums, raises taxes, cuts medicare, and costs over concerned about it, there are 1,990 pages that will give you all kinds of excuses. the good news is, there are about 20 votes short. the bad news is, it's time to make a deal in washington. so if you're a swing democrat and you need a road or a bridge
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or new building or a federal earmark in your district, walk down the hall and see the speaker and put your vote on the bargaining block and you, too, can be won over in terms of government sponsored health care. this is no way to run a republic. there are alternatives. targeted, market-oriented reforms that will not raise taxes and that will not cut medicare. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remark. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in strong support of house resolution 867, which imposes further consideration of the goldstone report. i have been to gaza and seen the dezlation in which the people of gaza survive. i have been to israel and seen where civilians have been hammered relentlessly by
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rockets from gaza. i have seen the fortified recreation center there with bomb shelters, the only place where children feel safe to play. this complex battle deserves to be examined. but we cannot turn the victims into perpetrators. we cannot forget history. for eight years, hamas has fired rockets at innocent civilians. israel finally struck back, defending itself against an opportunistic enemy. i am grate l -- grate to feel chairman berman for his work on this issue and we must not let a deeply flawed report destroy progress made in the peace progress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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this week the house is going to vote on the democrats' late etc. plan for pelosi's government-run health insurance. the bill is ,000 pages long, weighs 20 pounds and costs more than $1 trillion with over 400,000 words in it that comes out to $2.5 million a word. the bill creates 111 new bureaucracies that will decide what kind of government-approved health care is best for your family and you. speaker pelosi wants america to believe this is the only way to reform health care. but i know there's a better solution. that's why i introduced the small business health fairness act my bill, h.r. 2607, allows small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance so they can enjoy the same bargaining power large corporations and labor unions have at the purchasing table. we know that buying in bulk reduces the price tag and
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health care is no different. government health care is not the way to solve the problem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, in our attempts to reform the nation's health care, there have been a lot of solutions. new we hear the 32% solution. i'd like to read you a letter from a constituent. i received my new premium increase. it increased 32%. i i have an individual spoil with a $2,500 deductible. anthem did not spend one penny on me in the last year. this has followed 15% to 25% increases in the last eight years. this is one reason 30% of realtors in the united states don't have health insurance. mr. wagner, the realtors are not alone.
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millions of americans face this uh sin -- unsustainable health insurance system where if they can get coverage, it's pricing itself beyond their reach. we need change we need competition and choice, and that's what the affordable health care for america act does. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. lungren: 23 you were to write a reform of the health care system of oamerica, you wouldn't have a the pelosi bill. if you were to write the health care bill for liberal san francisco, you'd have the pelosi bill. why? it would cost too much, it would tax too much, it would be heavy on government, it would be wild on bureaucracy, it would contain 3,425 separate uses of the word mandate.
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3,424 times the government is going to tell you what to do. 3,425 times we're giving power to the federal government to get between you and your government. in america, it makes no sense. it may make sense in liberal san francisco, but in my district, it doesn't. for the rest of the united states, it doesn't. let's save america from this fate. let's save the american system. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from rhode island. >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: as this congress takes up the debate to fix our nation's health care crisis by passing universal health care, i'd like to take a minute to talk about a family from rhode island. barbara is the mother of two
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boys, one of whom has hemophilia. three months of his medicine costs $1 million, not to mention doctor offices -- doctor visits and hospitalizations. she also has multiple sclowscle roe sis. -- sclerosis. she has insurance, but is held hostage. there are families like barbara's struggling to afford to keep the coverage they have or to get it in the first place. it's time to pass health insurance reform. the bill before us will change the system in america and health care being a privilege only for those who can afford it to being a right for everyone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> we're not keeping our eye on the ball. this is about people. in 1965, i was in northern europe working for a group laying a pipeline in northern europe. i got my nose broken and sent to the doctor. i stood in line for 2 1/2 hours to reach the doctor. went into a nurse's room, told her my name she passed it through a ooth window to a doctor. walked in the doctor's office, he said, what's wrong with you? he -- i said, i think my nose is broken. he grabbed it, wiggled it, it star -- started to bleed. he said it's broken and sent me to get a prescription. that's the pelosi health care plan. that's the future of health care in america. if we go forward with this government-runelosi-style
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health care. this is somethg americans should stand up against. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> it's hard to reform health care, you've at goth to take on some of the special interests in america. perhaps that's why it's been 139 days since the republican leadership announced they'd have an alternative but don't have one yet. perhaps it's because at the heart of this is the insurance industry. most people don't know, but the republicans do know very well, health insurance industry is exempt from antitrust law. they do not have to play by the same rules as any other american business. they can and do co-lewd to jack up rates. they can and do collude to divide markets and exclude kmp decision. they can do -- and exclude competition. they're outside the antitrust law of of the united states of america.
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the democratic bill will repeal this unfair antitrust exemption, bring real competition to this industry for the first time since the 1940's. the republicans don't want to touch that with a 100-foot pole or maybe a $10,000 contribution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? . mr. olson: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: the pelosi health care bill would have a significant impact on the texas economy and existing physician-owned hospitals and a quality of health care in my home state of texas. texas leads the nation with 50 physician-owned hospitals, but under this bill these hospitals would be prohibited from adding beds or otherwise increasing capacity and medicare payments to any doctor-owned hospitals would be prohibited. according to a january, 2009 study by health economic study
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group, physician-owned hospitals employ over 22,000 texans and have a net economic impact of $2.3 billion on the texas economy. the pelosi health care bill will have a significant impact on the economy and more importantly the quality care that these hospitals provide our communities. it's wrong for government health care. it's wrong to pay for government health care by punishing these providers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: 90% of the children of america at some point in their lifetime certain populations of the children will be on food stamps. i'm very proud of speaker pelosi. this is not the pelosi health care, this is america's health care. this is the input of americans from all around the nation. 96% of americans will be covered
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by this health bill and no woman will be denied insurance because of pre-existing disease such as pregnancy. what an outrage. i have been working on physician-owned hospital issue now for almost four years. we are engaged in providing opportunities for physician-owned hospitals to expand, to be able to provide services to general acute care services in this bill. i know we are going to be victorious. i know that the hospitals need to be covered. i know that we are not going to lose jobs. this is a bill that serves all of america. i'm glad that my colleague had the opportunity to be in aure peaian-style health care. that is not what it is. it is going to allow people in america to live and not the 18,000 that die every year because they do not have health insurance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: pass health reform now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without, the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. cantor: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to speak about the majority's move to overhaul our health care system this week. and from what i can see, mr. speaker, the version of health care reform that this majority is bringing forward is a horrible, horrible step. the bill is something unseen before. it's a $1 trillion attempt to overhaul the system we know with one that we don't. mr. speaker, the republicans will stand united against this bill. mr. speaker, and we'll do so because, one, the american people have spoken out and they see that this is an extreme attempt to try and address what's really wrong with our system and it doesn't match what the mainstream commonsense american wants. number two, mr. speaker, contrary to the suggestions on the other side, we do have a better way. we will be offering our republican plan. and that plan will reduce health
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care costs. it is well documented the majority is unconcerned about reducing costs for the people who have insurance in this country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> yesterday, the "wall street journal" ran an editorial on the speaker's health care bill entitled the worst bill ever. an understatement to say the least. to quote the journal, ms. pelosi's handiwork ranks with the smoot-hauley act as the worse congress has ever contemplated. let's make no mistake the democrat takeover of health care is to accomplish what f.d.r. could not. a cradle to grave omnipotent government. it will extend the recession just as surely as f.d.r.'s programs prolong the gregs.
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government's take overof 16% of our economy to the tune of almost $730 billion in new taxes and additional $1.2 trillion in new spending. one thing is for sure, mr. speaker, america is getting sick. sick of this congress' government knows best attitude. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. -- >> let's look at the numbers on the democratic health care bill. almost 2,000 pages this new bill creates 111 new offices, commissions, programs, and bureaucracy. it creates more than 3,400 new duties for bureaucrats in washington. it also will eliminate millions of jobs in the private sector and unprecedented expansion of the federal bureaucracy. instead of listening to what americans want and working on meaningful reform, the democratic leadership came up with a bill that will cost hirps
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more than $1.2 trillion and do nothing to make health care more affordable in this country. this is on top of the $9 trillion deficit we are expected to have over the next decade in this country. controlling costs should be our number one priority for this administration. unfortunately, my colleagues from across the aisle continue to ignore meaningful medical liability reform which this year alone could save over $11 bill. we should be listening to what the american public wants and is demanding real tangible methods of reform w that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. diaz-balart: mr. speaker, last week the speaker introduced her so-called health care reform bill that will cost over $1.2 trillion and will be paid for by massive new taxes on small businesses and cuts to medicare. with unemployment at 10% and small businesses throughout the
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country struggling to survive, it is irresponsible to pass legislation that will place a higher tax burden on small businesses. and president obama has pledged to let the bush tax cuts expire. so small business can expect at least two tax hits in two years. a radio journalist from back home asked me this morning if measures are being taken in congress to alleviate unemployment. my reply was, no. unfortunately there is a kind of war on free enterprise going on in washington now. and i'm told that war has ended. unemployment will not drop. we should be be encouraging job growth and not destroying jobs with bills like this so-called health reform. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. goodlatte: the reviews are starting to come in on house speaker nancy pelosi's health
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care reform proposal. and those reviews are pretty serious. in my home state the "richmond times dispatch" calls the bill, grotesque. but perhaps the best description that i have seen, the most accurate description i have seen is in the "wall street journal," that wrote an editorial on sunday calling this legislation, the worst bill ever. and how could anyone conclude otherwise? this 1,099-page run away train, more than 400,000 words creating more than 53 new government agencies and programs is not the change that the american people asked for. this bill is going to raise the cost of health care to the overwhelming majority of americans. it's going to make our health care system more complicated than it already is, more costly than it already is, and there are simple reforms that key wee could adopt if we would pay
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attention to what the american people want. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. brown: mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of all south carolinians that will be harmed by the democrats' $1.3 trillion proposed health care bill, h.r. 3962. the majority's health care bill will increase health care costs, uses taxpayers' dollars to pay for abortions, and create bigger government in the form of 111 new bureaucrats. worse yet, in the first district of south carolina this bill with -- would increase taxes for 8,700 small business, cut benefits for over 11,000 seniors, and burden south carolinian veterans with a debt they will never be able to repay. republicans have focused on the concerns of the american people
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and created a strong republican alternative that advocates smaller government and increases health care coverage while decreasing cost. the democrats in congress must listen to the people and work with us to create a health care plan that south carolinians and all american families want and need. thanks, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in my district i'm often asked, do i think health care reform will pass this session? my answer is always, i certainly hope so. the status quote should be be unacceptable to everyone. however, speaker pelosi's reform proposal is not the right reform. our overriding principle should be first, do no harm. unfortunately in my humble opinion speaker pelosi's proposal will do significant harm. just two examples. the speaker's proposal seeks to
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cut funding from medicare by over $400 billion. making access to quality health care more difficult for our nation's senior citizens. and second, it raises taxes on small businesses making it more difficult for employers to cover their employees with health insurance. there is a better way. the republican alternative is about lowering the cost of health care for all americans, about ensuring the portability of health insurance and ending the denial of health insurance to do to -- due to pre-existing conditions. remember, first, do no harm. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, the pelosi health care bill raises taxes especially on small business. small businesses will be hit
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with up to an 8% surcharge for those who cannot afford health insurance. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care bill cuts medicare and reduces benefits to seniors. the 10 million seniors who now enjoy coverage under the medicare advantage program will lose their coverage. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care plan will add to the government's long-term deficit problems. a plan has a number of entitle programs that in the long run will never be paid for but will add to the nation's debt. mr. speaker, the pelosi health care bill is 1,9990 pages takeover -- government takeover of the health care system. mr. speaker, i would urge my colleagues to vote no on the pelosi health care plan. let's mend our current health care system not end it. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. thspeaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, with the new health care bill that spends $1 trillion and creates over 100 new bureaucracy and projects, i believe all the focus is in the wrong place. the bill still raises taxes on small businesses, hitting many with the 5.4% surtax when they are struggling in a tough economy. the bill imposes a new tax on medical devices which will increase costs for patients by adding costs on hearing aids, bandages, and wheelchairs. this will also result in lost jobs for medical technology companies that employ over 20,000 people in my state of minnesota. the bill will hurt seniors with $500 billion of cuts to medicare, including eliminating demare advantage programs for over 19,000 seniors in my district. mr. speaker, we shouldn't ram through a 2,000-page bill on the backs of small business and
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seniors. there is a better way. we should be working on commonsense reforms that will actually lower premiums for families, individuals, and small businesses. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute, without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i stand in strong support of house resolution 867 which condemns the united nations human rights council's past resolution and the fact-finding mission which led to the goldstone report. the lopsided anti-israel report blatantly ignored so much what came before operation cast lead. palestinian troops, including hamas, have been responsible for launching more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at israeli cities. in november, 2008 alone, over 120 rockets and mortars were fired at israeli cities injuring hundreds of people. furthermore, israel did all it could to a